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The Signs of Bath

Bath is a World Heritage Site, identified by UNESCO in 1987. As such, it is one of the most visited and photographed Cities in England. That doesn’t stop it also being one of the most beautiful, and a surprisingly easy City to live in for locals like myself.

This project is to take a closer look at the Signs of Bath.

The full Project album is here

The Abbey, watched over by the “Living Statue”, Stevan Mortensen

Bath Signs 4

Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases …. and Bats :-)

Bath Signs 1

Upper Borough Walls

Bath Signs 2

The Georgian Spa and Abbey

Bath Signs 3

All images Leica M-P, Noctilux F/1.0, processed in Silver Efex Pro.

The full Project album is here

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She wanted me to shoot her moods



I was on a Leica Meet. It was the first time the group had done a multiple day event, as previously it had been one-day shoots, and usually street. There were 7 of us – Olaf, Stephen, Steven, Santiago, Glen and Clarke. The group had first met on Facebook, and is now over 7,000 strong, with members from all over the world. What do we have in common? A passion for photography, a sense of fun and camaraderie, a desire to learn – and we all shot Leica!

The Leica Meet have published a fascinating paper on how the participants tackled the event, what they shot, and how they felt about the group. Download it here.



It was fun – but it was also a test. A test of technical expertise and photographic vision. In just three short days we experienced clear blue skies, 75mph winds, powerful rain, sleet and bitter cold. And we loved it all!



I really didn’t go to Skye with a detailed shooting plan, as I wanted to have a “Beginner’s Mind”, using what expertise I have whilst being open to new ideas. I also knew that the talented group making the trip would be full of ideas and good advice.

So my only prior decision was to try to actually “see” what Skye wanted me to shoot. It turned out that the Isle wanted me to show her at her spirited best.

Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr

I mainly shot digital, with some film, using an M-P, and an M6, and a range of glass. The Noctilux F/1.0 is a lens I both love and find supremely difficult, so some shots had to be taken with that. Not surprisingly, it turned out that my best Nocti shots were of my team mates, usually in the bar!

My wife had just presented me with a Voigtlander 21mm Ultron, especially for the trip. I had heard great things about the lens, and the Skye experience confirmed them all. It is a superb optic, perfectly suited to capture the big skies and the angry seas.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

The best point of the Meet? That was the camaraderie around our creative endeavours. I learned a huge amount, and friendships were cemented, whether struggling with tripods at dawn, or considering techniques over the inevitable malts. The Leica Meet attracts such talented people, of all ages, and the love for photography was evident in all.

The worst part? Not having enough time to really push the Voigtlander!

Next time …

Download the Leica Meet summary

All images taken with the Leica M-P, processed in Lightroom with split-toning.

See my complete gallery here

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What makes an image popular?

Human Scale

I posted this image on flickr yesterday – “Human Scale” – and was amazed to see it rise in the views and favs ranks. 10K views and almost 200 “favs” in less than 24 hrs – a factor of 10 more than I normally get! It was taken on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this year.

Now, it is always flattering to have one’s images liked, and I guess that is partly why we post to social sites.

That said, I am really at a loss to understand why it has become my second most fav’d image on flickr. It’s a nice picture, with a bit of a story. Still, I honestly don’t think it’s the best I have shot.

I have been a member of flickr since 2005, and I have been a bit intermittent in posting there over the years. The picture of a rainbow that I took in 2003 became my most viewed ever picture (61K views and almost 600 “favs”) very early on, when posted in 2005 – and it’s popularity has never been exceeded since. There were far fewer people on flickr then, so it was a lot easier to get “attention”.

I can see why the rainbow was popular, as it’s not often that one can capture almost the complete arc of a “double” rainbow.

However, does that make it a better picture than the first? Who knows. I sometime think that the more I take photographs, the less I understand what attracts people to the work.

Moral of the story?

Shoot what you like, not what you think others will like!


Human Scale – Leica M-P, Noctilux F/1.0, processed in Silver Efex Pro.

Rainbow – Nikon D1x, 17-35mm Nikkor, Lightroom.

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Bath is such a great city for photographers – architecturally and street-wise. I have been taking street portraits of the vibrant performers in Bath for some time.


This is Paul, the “pigeon man”.


He attracts the pigeons with a small amount of seed, and they are obviously very happy to be around him. He also brings a great deal of joys to kids and adults alike.


… though sometimes they get a bit lively!

Images taken with Leica M-P (240), Noctilux F/1.0 50mm, and processed in Color Efex Pro

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Leica Gallery (LFI)

Very honoured to have a couple of my images featured as Leica “Master Shots”, in the Leica M section.

The images are the middle of the top row (“Doorway”, River Trent, at Burton upon Trent), and the first on the third row (“That’s Surprising …”, from Dublin).

Leica LFI Master Shots

By coincidence, as I am not sure how the site admins decide on such things, I also had two images featured in LFI’s Street Photography” category.

The images are again “That’s surprising …” and “The Nun and the Phone Call”.

Leica LFI Street Photography

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